April 14, 2004 Subject:
No, no, the three headed fish is absolutely normal!
Pretty interesting, although dry at times, overview of what the US was doing, excuse me, SAYS it was doing to protect US from the big AR, (atomic radiation). The first half deals with what the government is doing as far as radiation experiments (eg Plowshare) and in my opinion, it doesnt really pick up til the 2nd half, when 'experts' go out into the field, and teach other experts, teachers, heck even wide eyed ladies groups about nuclear radiation. Not bad, but could have had more of that excellent animation so prevelent in the first half.
March 17, 2004 Subject:
This nuclear propaganda film, co-sponsored by every government agency in existence, asserts that it is perfectly safe to set off underground nuclear explosions near small towns. The argument boils down to this: we will monitor food, water, animals and people in the surrounding areas for radioactivity. Unfortunately, the film does not address what they'll do if they find it...
Also, there's a strong sense of inevitability. The nearby citizens are given no choice in the matter; they are merely "educated" about radiation through what look like nuclear tupperware parties, and given "film badges" to let them know if they're going to die a slow, horrible death. One wonders if the badges really did anything, or were just a placebo...
Judging by clues in the film, this was shot in Henderson and Boulder City, Nevada, both just outside Las Vegas. However, the film indicates that lots and lots of these tests will be necessary, while an animated map places dots on every major city in the country...yikes.
Also, we learn of the future of nuclear power, which includes nuclear-powered airplanes (a good idea if I've ever heard one), and an innovative type of power plant: set off an unrestrained nuclear explosion underground, and bring the heat up to the surface through pipes. Genius!